The City of Trees

Royal Oak's "Roots" Run Deep!

The name Royal Oak was derived from the Royal Oak tree in England.  The city was incorporated in 1921 and was mostly farmland.  The country’s first highway, Woodward Avenue, runs directly through Royal Oak, making it one of the many cities that were a part of the auto industry boom.  Incorporated in 1921, Royal Oak has gone through quite a metamorphosis since its farmland days.   As a result of its transformation, there was significant tree clearing to make way for improvement and progression.  However, part of this process included a proactive preservation plan, which was undoubtedly successful because today Royal Oak is known as the “City of Trees.” The “City of Trees” committee was established in 1936 with the objective of examining suitable tree types for the city and encouraging their growth.  They acquired 60 acorns that were direct descendants from the Royal Oak tree in England, which were cultivated and grown at the Detroit Zoo and Memorial Park.  Today, most of its streets and parks have copious amount of trees lining the skies.

Royal Oak is approximately 11.83 square miles, a population of 58,689, and 7,571.20 acres and is now truly a hub of history, culture, and diversity- its prime location makes it easily accessible by all.

Royal Oak prides itself on its cultural diversity, which makes the city’s composition is truly eclectic. The population represents a diverse mix of individuals, age groups, incomes, and myriad of residential home styles. A proactive collaboration between the city government and Downtown Development Authority over the past several years have brought about a resurgence of the city’s central business district. Downtown improvements have included changes to the landscape that encourage socialization.

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One-Stop Commercial District

Downtown businesses have created a diverse, one-stop commercial district where customers find quality and personal service. Retail shops offer specialty items and many restaurants feature outdoor patios that connect visitors to the core of Royal Oak. Street furniture provides convenient resting places and vantage points to observe the burst of activity that flows through this vibrant city.

The renaissance of Royal Oak unveiled the city’s charm, visitors experience the city’s unique sense of place, distinctiveness and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction….they feel like they’re home.  There are over 85 specialty shops and unique boutiques with huge assortment of 70 restaurant/bars, something for everyone!  And just in case you still run out of things to do, there is always something going on in Royal Oak, below are just some of the cool things to check out!

  1. The Summer Concert Series
  2. The annual Arts, Beats, and Eats festival, which happens every Labor Day weekend
  3. Flower day
  4. Comedy Castle
  5. Royal Oak Music theater
  6. Farmers market which houses several festivals including:
    1. Beer Bash;
    2. Sip Savor Stomp
    3. Food Truck Rallys
    4. Vodka Vodka
  7. Detroit Zoo –
  8. Red Run Gold Club
  9. Royal Oak Golf Club
  10. Woodward Dream Cruise………..It’s hard to believe that the Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan!  In August 1995, Nelson House and a group of volunteers wanted to recreate their nostalgic glory days of the 50s and 60s.  A time when youth, music, and “Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway.” It drew a crowd of 250,000 it’s first year—nearly ten times the number they originally expected. The rest is literally history……about history. Now, The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, bringing in 1.5 million people and about 40,000 classic cars every year from around the WORLD!—it’s become an annual rite of summer.

Charming Homes and Stellar Schools

Royal Oak’s housing is traditional and charismatic, the poster child community of a typical Midwest neighborhood. You will always see people jogging, walking their dogs, strolling with their families any time of the year, despite the weather.  Royal Oak is such an active and social community; it would take more than Mother Nature to keep its residents inside.  All of its resident show a lot of pride in ownership with their homes and the upkeep of their yards, this is evident in the steady rise of property values throughout the city

If you have children they will attend the Royal Oak Neighborhood School District, which is comprised of six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.  The District boasts a 91% graduation rate from high school, one of the highest averages of any district in the state they received a 10 out of 10 by Great Schools.


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